Health: Faiths Act Against Malaria in Sierra Leone
A population of nearly 6 million people.
102 medics in the country.
Life expectancy is just 47 years old.
Only half the population live within 5km of any healthcare facility.
But every village has a church or a mosque.
Malaria is the single biggest killer.
It is entirely preventable.
Four of this year's 34 Faiths Act Fellows are currently working in Sierra Leone to combat deaths from Malaria. They are training Pastors and Imams to become Malaria Faith Ambassadors and work together to spread health messages to their congregants. They educate by training others to go door-to-door, incorporating health messages into their sermons, and spreading information in easily understandable formats such as these illustrations:
The Faiths Act program brings together faith leaders, teams from faith-led health networks, Ministry of Health and Sanitation officials, health practitioners, NGOs and academics in the field of public health to formulate and implement a program of suitable health education, to greatly improve understanding and action around bed net use and to endorse the use of medication for effective malaria treatment.
We have already reached over 20,000 people, and lives are being saved. Please donate to enable us to continue doing this vital work!
Hunger: Guru Nanak Food Bank in Kenya
Kenyan Vice President Inaugurates the Food Bank
East Africa right now is the world's "worst humanitarian disaster," according to the chief of the United Nations' Refugee Agency. Tens of thousands of people have died in the past few months. It is the worst drought that eastern African has suffered through in 60 years. Malnourished children are dying daily due to lack of nutrients. Live stock are dropping dead, food prices are through the roof and the arid conditions are feeding famines throughout the region. Furthermore, the refugee centres are overflowing and in a short supply of resources.
The international community has pledged to respond and UNITED SIKHS has played a proactive role in aid efforts. Around 39,000 Sikhs live in Kenya. When the crisis began, community leader Manjit Singh pledged that "The Sikh community in East Africa [would] extends support for our fellow countrymen in need."The Kenyan Sikh community promptly founded The Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank as a result of the decision by UNITED SIKHS directors and Kenyan officials that local involvement is crucial to achieving sustainable results in eradicating persistent lack of the primary human needs of food, water, and shelter. UNITED SIKHS hopes that the food bank, a legacy of the Sikh Gurus, will satiate immediate hunger and also aid systemic issues related to food insecurity.
Gurvinder Singh, UNITED SIKHS Director, USA, states:
"When you feed an individual, you assist a family.
When you assist a family you assist a community.
When you assist a community you assist a nation.
When you assist a nation you change the world."
Change the world with a gesture as simple as feeding a child! All it takes is 130 Kenyan Shillings a day to feed a child in Kenya. This amounts to just $2 per child.
Please donate to help us continue providing food to hungry. Designate donations to "TBFF Feed the Hungry."